[Baypiggies] Hello friends

Meenal Pant meenalpant at gmail.com
Wed May 20 22:46:23 CEST 2009

On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 1:22 PM, Shannon -jj Behrens <jjinux at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 3:02 AM, Brian Harring <ferringb at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 09:56:05AM -0700, Aahz wrote:
>>> On Thu, May 14, 2009, Meenal Pant wrote:
>>> >
>>> > As many other developers I am seeking work at the moment. I am
>>> > applying for jobs but there are hardly any leads.  I am looking for
>>> > tips and advice on the best approach to this situation. I have been
>>> > following this list for a while and sense that there are many Python
>>> > gurus out here. I am learning Django nowadays to add a skill and have
>>> > started a blog http://pythontalk.blogspot.com/ .
>>> Make sure you're monitoring the Jobs Board on www.python.org and keep
>>> looking on Craigslist.
>> The problem I've always had with CL is that the mentioning of python
>> is basically defacto for HR folk- you wind up seeing quite a bit of
>> "python would be great" for SA jobs that are mostly uninteresting in
>> tech, scripting rather then actual development- this of course is
>> exempting the front end work.  The front end work is mostly utilizing
>> framework xyz to do JS/CSS/HTML abc.  Not knocking it, it's
>> interesting work if you like the frontend. I'm personally more
>> curious where folks are finding the true backend work, the "twisted
>> backend that interfaces with the media store to serve out 100-1000
>> files per second".  The code that powers the architecture
>> essentially.  Best description I can offer, if it involves debugging
>> the lighttpd state machine (nasty piece, that), it's the sort of work
>> I'm talking about.
>> So... sans the python job board, anyone got any pointers?  What I've
>> mostly seen these days is positions where <=2 years of python
>> suffices, or it's templating work.  I'm personally looking for
>> something where knowing the intricacies and idiocies of the cpython
>> vm matters (personal favorite, doing __getattr__ = getattr in
>> <python-2.5).  I'm seriously not knocking the frontend work
>> (templating and such), I'm just curious where folks see the sort of
>> work where hacking the hell out of the django ORM to speed it up is
>> the day to day work.
>> Might just be that the market is a bit locked up right now, but most
>> of the adverts I've seen really don't fall into the category described
>> above- I'd be quite interested in any pointers to boards/forums w/
>> work of the sort described above.
>> Thanks in advance,  Feel free to view this as a mild rant about the
>> PITA nature of finding a position where they're doing interesting
>> things (positive social results, say kiva.org) *and* doing
>> interesting tech in the process (say metaweb/freebase, although kiva
>> may fall into that classification).
> There *are* a bunch of jobs like that out there, although I personally
> prefer Eventlet and Nginx over Twisted and LigHTTPD ;)
> The companies that I can think of are VMware, IronPort, Metaweb, and
> Google.  Only VMware is still hiring, but Google is still open to
> hiring super stars.  I also think there's a market for people who can
> really own the database sharding infrastructure.
> I don't think the situation is as dire as you might think, but I do
> think finding a really awesome job requires patience.  As hockey fans
> say, "If you skate hard, you're going to score some goals!"
> -jj
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> with great love. -- Mother Teresa
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This is interesting.
So where are the boring jobs :) ? I am not a rockstar coder but I am
learning and hoping to be one.
What is a typical python job people look for or work at in Baypiggies?
 Webdev, QA, ...?
I am trying to understand what job description will I fit in with my
current skills?

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